Friday, April 24, 2015

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It was interesting watching the mobile home movers move Shellitos new home in.

We have really been having hot weather here. 90's ! Humidity as high as it goes before pouring down rain !!
Yesterday we had 29 for Happy Hour and we had 34 for Coffee and Donuts this morning. Bobby and I provided the donuts this morning.
As I already said, Judy Anselmin former resident at 273 has passed away. And Peg Bloom was moved to the Aurora House, which is a hospice care home.

Meet our new residents, Owen and Angie Brown, they bought #300, Maria's place. They were warmly greeted this morning at Coffee and Donuts! They are from Illinois, but will be here some what year around but will go to Illinois quite a bit during the summer. this is their only home now.

As most of you know we will be doing a park photo album this coming year, we will do our first shoot in November to catch the "Earlybirds" . The professional phtographer will set up behind the stage in our card/quilt room. Prices have not changed since last time, a free 5 x 7  just for having your picture taken, then of course there will be picture packages you may purchase which will include your photo album free. They will be here in January 3 days and in February 3 days, to do the remainder of you all. If you have a function or activity you would like a picture of , you may submit some to me and we will pick out some neat pictures for our album. I won't take very many this time as this is your album and you need to take the responsibility of taking your pictures of your activity.
Put your pictures on a flash drive, c.d. or send to me on internet.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Judy Anselmin passed away today, she had lived at 273 for atleast 15 years or so but has been in a nursing home for the last several years. Carmen Bernier and her Mother Doris live there now.

Friday, April 17, 2015

April 16th

Now that we have our park Coffee and Donuts on Friday, I am probably going to post any news on Fridays instead of Mondays during the Summer.
We had 40 people for Coffee and Donuts this morning. The Office aways buys the first Friday of the Summer Season and the last Friday we have them in October.\ and the rest of us take turns providing them and it's our turn next Friday.

The rain just won't go away, off and on last week and looks like next week the same thing. The thunder and lightening storm we has this week was one of the worse I have ever been in down here. It scared the dog really bad and me too!
I heard a few folks say they slept right through could that happen?

I have been going over to Ranchero Village to do our Aqua sizes. The last week or so 2 others from our park road along too. The heater just got fixed yesterday and aqua sizes are now resuming in our pool!  I love the weight room they have over there and am going to try it Monday. Also they have a Pickle Ball Court.
We could have those here if Walter would build a building to the West of the swimming pool!???

The puzzle table was moved over in front of the Library, it looks nice there and in my opinion should stay there. And maybe it will. the remodeling of the office area will begin soon.

I don't know if you all will recognize the park when you get back in the Fall!!!
I doubt the changes that our mgmt. wants to make will all get done this Summer
but there will be some nice changes made.

We have news of 2 of our former R.V.E.ers have died this week, Wayne Barnes and Carol Kepler.  It's been many years since they were here.
Betty Aderton had back surgery yesterday, I will keep you posted. Our neighber, Dave Johnson, behind us who bought Voss's park model has been going through tests. The flu bug hit our mgr. Bob this week too. Oh, the office has gone on  Summer hours now, 8 to noon.

I am going to the Library here in Weslaco and download some books on my Kindle. You can "borrow" any book for 3 weeks

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Several people joined our local Elks club here in Weslaco this Winter. We are getting some great folks interested in bettering our community and helping with charitable projects right here in Weslaco. I have been an Elk for 19 years and someone ask me one day "why should I join the Elks? Here in Weslaco, lots of money is donated to help needy families with clothing , visiting local nursing homes, giving the residents basic necessaties, and lap robes, donating to the police depts. room for displaced children, also to the childrens Camp in Ottine Texas, here 350 special needs kids get to go to Camp free, also our local Elks club provides services and goods for special needs kids, there's drug awareness programs, scholarships, and many Veteran related charities.
Here are some other things Elks do, I found on line...

Just as the Elks/Wounded Warrior project assists injured veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Elks' "Army of Hope" assists thefamilies of Military Reservists and the National Guard who have been called to active duty during these times of crisis. The response from members and non-Elks has been overwhelming, and government officials at the local, state and national levels have responded favorably to the initiative.

Adopt-a-Veteran Program

If you've ever been hospitalized, you know the loneliness and depression you can experience. Think how tough it must be for hospitalized veterans, especially those who are far from home or have no family. With that thought in mind, George Schwarz of Clawson-Troy, Michigan, Lodge devised a simple yet effective solution in 1980: the Adopt-a-Veteran program.
His idea proved so successful that it was picked up by the National Veterans Service Commission in 1983. Each year, Elks Lodges across the nation adopt tens of thousands of veterans. The Elks visited with them on their birthdays and holidays and showered them with gifts and attention. They took those who could leave the medical centers out to dinner, and brought dinner to those who couldn't. Elks provide entertainment, recreation to liven their spirits. The Elks provided these men and women with comfort, companionship, cheer and understanding, and in the process helped lift some of their loneliness.
The object of the Adopt-a-Veteran program is to make the veteran know that they are part of our family , to replace despair with hope, loneliness with fellowship, sadness with joy, and to prove our motto, "So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them."

Freedom Grants!

Freedom Grants are intended to provide financial support to local Lodges with programs assisting and enhancing the lives of Veterans, the active military and their families. One hundred and forty Freedom Grants of $2,000 each were awarded for 2014-15.
Local Lodge Secretaries or designated grant coordinators were able to submit applications online between August 1 and August 31 of 2014. Over 350 applications were received. A panel of judges selected the best 140 applications based on the program’s expected impact on the lives of the veterans. The level of Lodge involvement was also taken into consideration.
Freedom Grants will be used to clothe, feed and house homeless Veterans and provide necessities, therapeutic equipment and recreation to hospitalized Veterans. Grants will allow Lodges to take Veterans and the local military units on outings, host dinners at the Lodge, hospital or base, and support the active military by shipping care packages overseas.
For a list of the Lodges which were awarded Freedom Grants, click here.
If you are an Elks Member, find out more about Freedom Grants by clicking here.

Veterans Leather Program

The Elks National Veterans Service Commission is the major source of hides and tanned leather used for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health care system. Elks Leather has become a national by-word among veteran patients everywhere.
Time between visits from friends and families can make hospitalization a drudgery for our veterans. Leather provides a form of relief by keeping minds active as well as providing exercise for injured and unused muscles. Veterans often enter wallets, clothing, belts and moccasins in Arts and Crafts shows sponsored by the Elks.
Recently, a program was initiated by Elks whereby tanned leather is cut and sewn into specially designed gloves which are furnished to veterans confined to wheelchairs, thereby protecting their hands during movement.

Veterans Remembrance

For the Order of Elks, veterans remembrance is a daily proposition. We never have and never will never forget the sacrifices these heroes made so that we may be free. But it has been a tradition for the Order to redouble its efforts on behalf of veterans in November, not just for Veterans Day, but for the entire month. For the Elks, November is Veterans Remembrance Month.
The Elks National Veterans Service Commission asks all Lodges to run a special event to commemorate Veterans Remembrance Month and to raise funds for the Lodge's Veterans Service Commission. Many Lodges use the proceeds for special events in the VA medical center during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Some Lodges even invite those veterans who are able to take part in special programs and functions.
Re-Creation USA
2015 Cast and Crew of Re-Creation

Playing Cards for Veterans

Playing Cards for Veterans is a program that goes hand in hand with our Adopt-A-Veteran Program. This activity gives a hospitalized veteran something to do rather than just passively sitting and watching television. Through the hard work of some of our members who have made arrangements with several riverboats and casinos, we are now able to offer playing cards for our hospitalized veterans to use. Each deck of cards is checked to make sure all cards are in good condition and the deck is complete. After the decks are checked, a "Playing Cards For Veterans" sticker with the logo of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is placed on each deck of cards. These cards are free of charge.

Re-Creation USA

Since 1986, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission has been partners withRe-Creation USA in providing entertainment to our nation's veterans housed in VA medical centers. Re-Creation is a group of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 who are all volunteers. They have given up a year or more of their lives to perform this act of love. They travel to all 50 states each year, going from VA medical center to VA medical center, warming the hearts and brightening the lives of hospitalized veterans. And they do so without pay.
As the group tours, local Elks Lodges provide the entertainers (approximately 12 of them) with lodging and a meal before they move on to their next destination.

Elks Or Master V8

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


No, White Kunze did not recently have a stroke, it was misunderstood . He did have one last Oct. but he's doing fine. And so we hope with Hickeys as co-chair like last year...he will do Thanksgiving Dinner again. They did a fantastic job, both years or maybe they've done it 3 years, not sure .

Monday, April 6, 2015

Our last Monday morning meeting

          Rio Valley News
Rio Valley Estates Mobilehome and RV Resort --715 N. Westgate Drive, Weslaco, Texas  78596                                                                                  
Volume 43   NO. 20   Date:  April 6, 2015                      SUNDAY                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 8:30  Church  next season
 2:30  Ice Cream                               next season
 3:00-4:00  Hymn Sing                  Donna Perkins
 4:00-1st Sun. of Month – Karaoke – Bev Telfor
 5:00 -Park BBQ  1st Sunday of month   next season
 7:00   M.T.Dominoes    Agnes Messner & Dick Topel
 8:30 (tee time) Golf   Monte Cristo    Henry Hryniw  
 9:00  Coffee/Donuts        Aurora & Augustine Torres    
 9:15  Blood Pressure     Taken by nurse behind the stage
 9:30  Club Meeting                    April & November
          Chairperson                       Rita Sutherland
          Vice-Chairperson              Darlene Bryant
           Secretary                            Diane Bernier
           Treasurer                   John Geer
 1:00   Canasta               Fran Hryniw & Donna Gabbert              
 1:00   Bean Bag                       Bob Kerkau
 1:00   Darts
 6:30   Push Rummy                      Kay Hutton
 7:00   Thirty one                           Judy Shively
 7:00   Dance Next Season – Jan. 4, 2016 with “Hitman”
 7:25   Floor Exercise
 8:05   Power Walking                 Catherine Donovan
 7:45 & 8:30    Aqua Exercise     Sharon Sprague
 9:00    15 Cent Shuffling              Dave Johnson
 9:30    Line Dancing                        Bev Talley
 9:30    Mission Quilting            Marge Rexroad
 9:30    Men’s Dominoes            
 1:00    Ladies 8-Ball Pool             Bonnie Bryant
 1:00    Bridge               Dick Gibson
 6:30    Fifty Six            
 7:00    M T Dominoes        Agnes Messner & Dick Topel
 9:00   Mixed Shuffling                   Dave Johnson
 9:00   Crafts                     Need volunteer for next season !!
 9:13(1st tee time) Golf, Tierra Santa  Harry Fisher
11:30  Pizza Party (2nd & 4th week)   Rickes & Goodwins
 1:00   Bean Bag                            Bob Kerkau  
 1:00   Canasta                              Fran Hryniw                  
 3:30   Happy Hour        Bring snacks, come enjoy !
 6:30   Tic (be there by 6:20)     Sharon Sprague
 7:00   Cribbage                             Bill Hutton
 7:00   Hand and Foot             Mary Christianson
 8:36 (tee time) Golf, The Palms (leave at 8) – Henry Hryniw
 9:30    Line Dancing                      Bev Talley
 1:00    Karaoke (1st week only)     Bev Telfor
 1:00    Bridge           Dick Gibson
 7:00    Pitch                                Judy Shively                    
 7:00    Euchre                          Sherry Cheatham
 7:00    Free Movie                         next season
 9:00 – Shuffling                           Dave Johnson            
 9:30    Bible Study               Bob Kerr
 9:00 – 10:00   Clogging          Sherry Cheatham
 1:00    Bowling, Pins & Cues     Needing chairperson
 1:00    Golf (signup 11 a.m.) Executive   Bill Hutton
 1:00    Canasta                           Fran Hryniw                    
 5:00    Pot Luck                     Denny & Nancy Argo
 7:00    Entertainment                   next season
 7:00-8:30 Breakfast              next season
 9:00     Dummy Rummy     LeRoy Larson, John Bowers        
 9:30     Choir Practice            
 1:00     Bridge          Dick Gibson
 7:00     Bingo -next season      Catherine Gibbs
 7:00     Single Deck Pinochle  Raymond & Margaret Davis
 7:00     Texas Hold'um
(Get names of new chairpersons to editor at Lot #103 please)

RVE CLUB MEETING – Rita Sutherland, chair, called meeting to order. Began meeting with Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & closed with club song, led by Donna Perkins.
Accompanist – Jan Delashmit
Invocation – Dorothy Bryant - “Much to be thankful for ..”
Secretary Report –  Diane Bernier
Treasurer Report – Marg Rexroad, sub
    MANAGEMENT REPORT – None today.Website for Rio Valley Estates is
    Club website by Judi DeKoning is .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.  Judi is working on next season's activity schedule and one will be posted in the back of Friendship Hall or you can see it on the club website.
   Check out Donna Gabbert's blog as she keeps us informed all year ..  Anyone who has news of importance to residents should get it to her.  Donna posts many pictures & Smile Boxes on her blog too.
   Properties report was by Ron Zoeller.  He reported kitchen work will start sometime in the next week or two.  He has the first gate sign proposal but no pricing at this time.  You can stop at Ron's to look at proposal if you wish.
  Board members:  Properties –  Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller;  Finance – John Geer, Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad.  Previously elected to the board with 3 year terms to begin November 1 were Jerry McIninch & Daryl Henningsen (to replace Ron Zoeller & Marge Rexroad).
   Donna Perkins does greeting cards until end of April.  Sign these in office area.  Her phone number is 817-371-9730.  If you know of someone needing a card due to illness or death of family member, contact her.  Requiring cards this week were Judy Porter, death in her family; Helen Dee, death of husband John; Leona Nielson & family, death of Walter; Virginia Haberkamp (#147) fell at home, severe bruises & broken hand.  Some residents who've been here quite a long time will remember Ken & Millie Melka who lived at #17 just inside the gate.  Editor saw in Waterloo (IA) Courier that Millie passed away March 29.  Ken had passed away in 2008.  Her obituary is posted on the board near the office.
   Heard after the meeting that (Garlin) Kunze had a stroke, no other details available at time of newsletter printing. This is not the case!!!!!!!!!!! White did have a stroke last October but is doing good. Rita missed understood Monday morning and put up on the board that he did have a stroke but no he's fine, so disreguard that
  Thanks to Aurora & Augustine Torres who served coffee and donuts at the morning meeting today.


 Upcoming Events:
April 17 – Donuts & coffee in Pool Room, provided by managers .. this will be held every Friday morning at 7:30 through Oct.  You may sign up if you wish to provide donuts.
We hear there will be many summer activities!  There are oodles of hot dogs, buns, ham bones, etc. to be for announcements of these activities on the board.

Next Season:
This is not complete, only what was announced at meeting

Feb. 11 – Craft Sale with Mary Norby chairing
Oct. 31 – Halloween Party, Barnharts chairing
Nov. 18, 19, 20 – Pictures for directory, 8-5, Donna Gabbert will make appointments
Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Dinner .. needing chair
Jan. 6, 7, 8 – More pictures for directory to be taken, 8-5
Jan. 28 – Sock Hop with “Homecoming” the theme
Feb. 24, 25, 26 – More pictures for directory to be taken, 8-5
March 10 – Luau with Pig Roast !

   Dave Johnson, #93, & Sharon Sprague, #244, have park directories, $1.50 each.
   Ken Barnhart announced he may need help to unhook appliances when kitchen work begins.

A Lesson on Some A-B-C's .. Definitions ..
Adult:  A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
Beauty Parlor:  A place where women curl up and dye.
Committee:  A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Dust:  Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Handkerchief:  Cold storage.
Inflation:  Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
Mosquito:  An insect that makes you like flies better.
Raisin:  Grape with a sunburn.
Secret:  Something you tell to one person at a time.
Toothache:  The pain that drives you to extraction.
Yawn:  An honest opinion openly expressed.
Wrinkles:  Something other people have.

  Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
  Park Breakfast is held at Fiesta Tex-Mex every Thursday, 8 a.m.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

  Beginning April 17, Friday morning coffee & donuts will be enjoyed in the Pool Room.  Sign up if you can provide.
  A barbecue grill will be built this summer with Ken Barnhart working on plans. This will hold all the steaks, chicken, chops, ribs, brisket, whatever you could ever want to grill!  Park owner is paying for most of this.
  We are due for a Park Pictorial Album.  Just like last time, a professional photographer will photograph all residents & make a beautiful album for us.  Donna Gabbert makes appointments for sittings with dates being  Nov. 18, 19, 20; Jan. 6, 7, 8; Feb. 24, 25, 26.  The card room behind the stage will be used with hours to be 8-5.

   Need a chair for the Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Dinner.

  Judi DeKoning & Marlene Prohaska have announced they will chair a STEW FEED Jan. 12.  Due to spring break it will not be held on St. Patrick's Day as in previous years.  “Nationality Day” will be the theme.
   Rita Sutherland has taken charge of scheduling dates for the Wellness & Integra programs.  A rep will join us at Jan. 4 meeting to talk to us about the Wellness blood draws which will be done 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.  The Wellness blood draws require that you fast.  The rep returns Jan. 27, 1:30 p.m. to discuss test results.
   Be thinking about what you wish to wear when you attend next season's Sock Hop on Jan. 28, as the theme is HOMECOMING, says Ken Barnhart.
   Mary Norby reported all tables are reserved for the Craft Sale on Feb. 11, 2016.  If you still wish a table, you might check with Mary in the fall.
   Integra (stroke prevention) rep will talk to us on Feb. 19 about their tests with that test to be done Feb. 22.
    A Luau is scheduled on March 10.  Chair Ken Barnhart tell us this will be a PIG ROAST!

A few extras just cuz there's room!
Opportunity may knock once,
but temptation bangs on the front door forever.
Some minds are like concrete..
thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
God loves everyone, but probably prefers
“fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts”.

Summer Activities

  Iowa Potluck is in Story City at noon on July 8, Janean Berhow/John Geer chairing.  Want to stay overnight in Story City, motel phone number is 515-733-6363.
  The Clermont (Iowa) Campout is Aug. 2-9.  Terry from SkipAway wants to remind campers to give her a call to verify they plan to attend.  Call her at 563-423-7338 or 563-380-0841.   ?? Contact Bensons who host.  Here are phone numbers of motels in area if you don't have a camper.  In Clermont, there is the Brick City Inn, it's walking distance from campground, 563-423-5976...or you can stay in West Union, about an 8 mile drive.  The Elms Motel is 563-422-3841.  The Best Rest Inn and Suites is 563-422-3537.

GAME RESULTS   Place scores, winner names, complete information on dates & name of game in plastic container back of Friendship Hall.   Write legibly.
 March 31 - 1st – Dick Gibson   5340
    2nd – Ed Hover   3060
 April 2 -    1st – Margaret Davis   4370
   2nd – Sharon Bussinger   3830
CANASTA – Table of 4 -
 April 1 – Judi DeKoning, Frank Willard 31960
DOMINOES – Mexican Train – March 31 – Donna Gabbert, Patti Lamp, Opal Wilson, Mary Christianson, Al Lenius, Mary Alice Eshelman, Mary Lou Benson  April 5 – Mary Alice Eshelman, Mary Christianson, Kari Schouveiller, Doris Armistead, Opal Wilson
DUMMY RUMMY – Still having so much fun on Saturday mornings with this game, we'll play again NEXT WEEK!!
 March 28 – aren't these kind of high scores? !!!
 1st – Gert Rufkahr 234     2nd – Virginia Baker     296
 3rd – Sandy Lenius 298    4th – Marlene Prohaska   299
 April 4 – much better, lower than last week !!
 1st – Mary Christianson 198    2nd – Sharon Sprague      208
 3rd – Al Lenius 210    4th – Kathy Ratliff           233
PINOCHLE – Single Deck –
POOL – Ladies 8-Ball –
TIC – March 28 – CLOSE GAMES, HUH?  :-)
 1st – Mar Hicks 190 2nd – Mary Henniger     191
 3rd – Sandy Lenius 204 4th – Darlene Bryant     205

Church Smiles...

    There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation, “I have good news and bad news.  The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new lawnmower.  The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets.”

    There was a gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
  “Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk.
  “Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.

   A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.  He put a note under the windshield wiper that read, “I have circled the block 10 times.  If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment.  Forgive us our trespasses.”  When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note,  “I've circled this block for 10 years.  If I don't give you a ticket, I'll lose my job.  Lead us not into temptation.”

  While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage.  The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attacked to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign .. “Energy efficient vehicle .. runs on oats and grass.
Caution:  Do not step in exhaust.”

And remember this .. People want the front of the bus,
the back of the church, and the center of attention.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord.
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.